Information for Unsuccessful Applicants
The information below may help you
evaluate your application should you wish to reapply. The information provided
below is by no means all inclusive but is intended to be a resource for
unsuccessful applicants wishing to reapply to NOSM.
Was your application
As with other Canadian medical schools,
admission to NOSM is highly competitive. We received 2,089 applications for the
64 seats for the entering class of 2017. It is important to keep in mind
that many qualified applicants are not invited to interview simply due to the
competitive nature of the application process. NOSM received 32.6 applications
per available spot (64) for the 2017 admission cycle.
The screening of applications for
invitation to interview is based on three approximately equally weighted
1. Undergraduate cumulative GPA (grade point average)
2. Autobiographic sketch/application questionnaire score
3. Context score
1. What was your Grade Point Average
Did you meet the minimum 3.0 GPA
requirement? If not your application would have been
Although meeting the minimum GPA
requirements makes you eligible for consideration, it is important to be
competitive within the applicant pool.
GPA Calculation facts to consider….
- Grades are converted by OMSAS
using a 4.0 scale according to the OMSAS Grade Conversion Table.
- The GPA that appears on the OMSAS
application is not necessarily the GPA that NOSM will use. NOSM calculates the
GPA using all of the grades of undergraduate courses completed as of the OMSAS
application deadline that are listed on the transcript prior to the
date, the degree is awarded. Additional undergraduate courses completed
after a degree is awarded are not used in the GPA calculation unless they
are part of as second undergraduate degree that will be completed prior to June
30th of the year of potential enrolment at NOSM.
- Marks for the final year courses that
were in progress at the time of application were not included in the GPA.
Should you reapply in the future, your completed course work will be included
in your GPA.
- Applicants who are in the process of
completing a second undergraduate degree program must have completed, at
minimum, the equivalent of one full year of undergraduate course credits (not
including transfer credits) at the time of application.
- More than one Degree: An applicant with
more than one undergraduate degree would have been have their GPA calculated in two ways, with the higher GPA of the two methods being employed. (Please Note: after this application cycle for the entering class of 2017, this policy is no longer valid)
(1) Previous Policy: the GPA of each degree calculated
and the highest GPA will be used as the GPA for the application. Transfer
credit course grades are not included in the calculation of the subsequent
undergraduate degree. Only newly completed courses will be included in the GPA
calculation of the subsequent undergraduate degree.
(2) New Policy: The GPA is calculated on all converted undergraduate course grades completed at a recognized institution as of October 1, 2016.
- We do not round up in our
calculation, so if your GPA was 2.98, your application would have been
- Graduate Degrees: After the initial GPA
calculation to ensure compliance with the above cut-off, an
additional 0.2 will be added to the undergraduate GPA. For example,
your undergraduate GPA is 3.3. Your final GPA for consideration will be
3.5. Your graduate degree must be conferred and NOSM must have received your
final transcript indicating graduation by December 30th of the application year
in order to be considered for the 0.2 addition.
3. Did you represent yourself well on
the Autobiographic Sketch/Admissions Questionnaire?
- The score you receive for this
portion of the application is based upon both your Autobiographic Sketch
and the answers to the Admissions Questionnaire.
- NOSM is looking for highly motivated
students from a variety of backgrounds, who are self-directed, who will thrive
in a small group- based, distributed learning environment, who have a genuine
interest in helping us fulfil our mandate and who uphold our values.
- Do you know what NOSM’s values?
Did you show your interest in those values through your autobiographical sketch
- Is your aptitude for practicing
medicine in in Northern urban, rural and remote communities demonstrated?
- Did you list all of the activities
that will provide the Admissions Committee with insight into who you are? Your
autobiographic sketch should be a comprehensive list of the pertinent details
of your activities since the age of 16.
- Did you include experiences, both
structured and non-structured, that demonstrate an ability to determine needs
in one’s community and a willingness to play a part in filling those needs?
- Do your activities demonstrate that
you are well rounded and lead a balanced lifestyle outside of academics?
The admissions questionnaire is an
important part of the application. It provides the Admissions Committee with
insight into who you are and what your motivation in applying to medical school
and NOSM in particular.
- Did you reflect on the questions and
formulate thoughtful answers?
- Did you check, check and triple check
your submission? You may want to ask other people to read your submissions and
provide you with their feedback.
- Did you actually answer the specific
question that was asked? For example when you answered the questions Why
NOSM, did you speak about NOSM specifically or did you simply explain why you
are applying to medicine in general?
3. Context Score
NOSM has a mandate to admit a class
of learners who reflect the demographics of the population of Northern Ontario.
Thus is the intention of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to maximize
the recruitment of students who are from Northern Ontario and/or students who
have a strong interest in and aptitude for practicing medicine in Northern
urban, rural and remote communities. We are also committed to recruiting Indigenous and Francophone students.
Based upon our stated mandate, we
calculate a context score to applicants based where they have lived throughout
their lives within Canada.
In the end, the application process
for admission to NOSM is highly competitive. Not receiving an invitation to
interview, assuming you met our minimum academic requirements, simply means
your application was not as competitive as others.
4. NOSM Interviews (MMI)
There is not any specific information
we can give you in regards to the MMI. Our admissions process was
designed to select the best possible candidates for the Northern Ontario School
of Medicine. Approximately 320 candidates have made it to the interview stage
are those most highly ranked based on their: cumulative grade point average in
their undergraduate program, answers to specific questions asked as part of
their application; autobiographic sketch; and context. The interview score is
worth 50% of their overall selection score, with the other 50% based on their
All decisions are final and
will not be reviewed. There is no option to appeal Admissions decisions